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Forest action plans provide an analysis of forest conditions and trends in your area.

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Number of campers in state forests increasing

Wisconsin's state forests are seeing an increase in the number of campers, thanks in part to a new campsite reservation system, state officials said.

Six state forests saw a roughly 5 percent increase in campers from the past three-year average.

Department of Natural Resources state forest specialist Teague Prichard said the increase is due in part to the number of people reserving camp sites.

"They want predictability on when and where they can stay so we’ve added the reservation system to a couple of state forest campgrounds," he said.

2015 NASF Annual Report

The 2015 NASF Annual report highlights the theme Adapting to Change, which is as relevant in the natural world as it is in the worlds of agencies and associations. Like forests, the policy, communications and partnership environments in which NASF operates are dynamic ecosystems. Issues and the people behind them are constantly changing.

RESOLUTION Number 99-8


NASF Executive Committee


Standardizing the format of NASF Resolutions


New urban fruit orchard to benefit underserved Canadians

Two new community orchards in Canada will provide health benefits to formerly homeless tenants, help the environment, beautify the northeast neighbourhood and build community, according to the people behind the project.

“The folks that are receiving these donations of trees are folks that might otherwise not have access to fresh fruit,” said Stephanie Jackman.

She’s the founder and president of a Canadian business association called REAP, which stands for Respect for the Earth and All People.

Feeling down? Take a hike

A new study finds quantifiable evidence that walking in nature could lead to a lower risk of depression.

Specifically, the study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, found that people who walked for 90 minutes in a natural area, as opposed to participants who walked in a high-traffic urban setting, showed decreased activity in a region of the brain associated with a key factor in depression.

Study Reveals Perspectives and Values of CT’s Woodland Owners

A recent study by Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies takes an in-depth look into the “who and why” of Connecticut private land ownership. The study entitled “Understanding Connecticut Woodland Owners” is a first-of-its-kind analysis of the attitude, values, and challenges of people who own woodlands in Connecticut.

Southern Group of State Foresters to Meet in San Antonio

The Southern Group of State Foresters is holding its 2015 conference in the Alamo City. Alongside colleagues from numerous state and federal agencies, forest-based industries and non-profits, attendees have an opportunity to learn, share and consider the unique challenges and opportunities ahead for southern forests.

SC State Forester to receive Gifford Pinchot Medal

South Carolina State Forester Gene Kodama has been selected to receive the Society of American Foresters’ Gifford Pinchot Medal. One of the most esteemed forestry awards in the nation, the medal is presented every two years to a forestry professional in recognition of exceptional contributions to the administration, practice and development of forestry in North America.

Nominees for the Gifford Pinchot Medal have demonstrated exemplary actions that further the field of forestry by making an indelible mark on the profession and being a person of action.


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